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Exposure

Island storms happen quickly,
      undo things.
Palm fronds flail against the shoulder of beach, wild hair
      of a mistress, unpinned.
Dark lines diagonal, mascara
      runs on the ruined face in the streaked-mirror sky.
Reds, tangerines, and blues
      of lipsticks, eye shadows, and rouge
      smear in the passion.
The jagged light chisels all of your faults
      bare in the glare.
You clutch all you brought, run to escape rain
      that, like tears, is already
      another skin.
You crouch under some doorway, helpless, and wait
      for the miracle
      of belonging again.

by Ginger Murchison

     

Run Girl Run by Minna Vainio

"Run Girl Run"
By Minna Vainio

     

Ginger Murchison lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but escapes to the beach at Sanibel Island, Florida, every chance she gets. A retired English teacher of 13 years, she is a passionate book collector and associate editor of The Cortland Review, an online literary magazine.

   
 
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